4 January 2013

Kenya: We Need Peace Before, After Polls - Vice President

Nairobi — Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has called on Kenyans to maintain peace during campaigns and after the March 4 elections.

Musyoka said peace was paramount in the coming weeks, in order to ensure the elections are free and fair.

He urged Kenyans to put the interests of the nation first before their individual interests, adding that Kenya was greater than an individual.

"Tusitumie nchi lakini tuitumikie nchi," (Let us not use the country, but instead serve it) Musyoka said.

The vice president, who spoke when he flagged off "Leading Ladies Caravan" dubbed One Voice One Kenya 2013 and beyond in Nairobi, urged women to be confident and do their campaigns in all parts of the country.

The event was organized by Women of Kenya Congress led by Susan Wandera to campaign for all women aspirants in various seats in all the 47 Counties starting with Nairobi.

The vice president commended women for the roles they play in the development of the nation, saying they are a detribalizing factor.

He prevailed upon Kenyans to shun tribalism during this election year.

At the same time, the vice president assured Kenyans that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) will unite the nation when it wins the elections this year.

Musyoka said the CORD government will ensure women get their rightful place according to the Constitution.

He expressed confidence that CORD will get votes from all counties and urged those who lose in the election to support the winners and continue building the nation together.

The vice president paid tribute to Julia Ojiambo, who is also the leader of Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) for her role in serving the nation in many capacities.

Musyoka described Ojiambo, who was first elected to Parliament in 1974, as a true beacon of hope of Kenya.

The LPK leader said that Kenya requires women to join leadership positions as this is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Ojiambo urged political parties to give women their rightful chances to compete with men in order to represent the nation in various capacities.

The function was attended by Kitui South Member of Parliament Isaac Muoki, and Alfred Mutua who is aspiring to become governor of Machakos County.

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